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Turning old drugs—for things like diabetes and alcoholism—into new cancer treatments

Jim Daley | 
Drugs originally developed to treat diseases ranging from diabetes to alcoholism may have applications in cancer treatment, according to a ...
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Brain building block glutamate could be key to treating Alzheimer’s, schizophrenia, depression

Brooke Dulka | 
Glutamate is often called the “major excitatory neurotransmitter” within the brain. It is the brain’s “go” signal. [Neuroscientist David] Baker ...
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Gene therapy era: A look at current treatments and what’s next for cancers and genetic disorders

Jim Daley | 
At least nine gene therapies have been approved for certain kinds of cancer, some viral infections and a few inherited ...
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Podcast: How old is your dog in human years? Genetic study offers a new way to answer that question

Eliene Augenbraun | 
How old is your four-legged best friend? Common wisdom says that a dog ages seven years for every human year ...
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Infographic: How exercise gives your brain a boost

David Raichlen, Gene Alexander | 
Why does exercise affect the brain at all? Physical activity improves the function of many organ systems in the body, ...
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Non-addictive version of ecstasy ‘party drug’ emerges as potential treatment for PTSD, anxiety

Diana Kwon | 
MDMA, or ecstasy, once had the reputation of exclusively being an illicit party drug popular at raves and dance clubs ...
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How far can we enhance the brain before human identity is lost?

Nayef Al-Rodhan | 
Facebook recently announced it had acquired CTRL-Labs, a U.S. start-up working on wearable tech that allows people to control digital devices ...
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Free will doesn’t exist? Why we shouldn’t be swayed by this ‘flawed experiment’

Steve Taylor | 
One of the most fervent of late 19th century materialists, T.H. Huxley, described human beings as “conscious automata” with no ...
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How ancient humans ‘self-domesticated’ their own faces to appear more friendly

Emily Willingham | 
One hypothesis for how humans transitioned from developing a robust Neandertal visage in maturity to retaining finer features throughout life ...
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ASMR: Being triggered by ‘ordinary sounds and sights’ may be more than pseudoscience

Jade Wu | 
What do the sounds of whispering, crinkling paper, and tapping fingernails have in common? What about the sight of soft ...
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Podcast: Researchers implanted false memories in birds to figure out how humans learn language

Jason Goldman | 
Babies are constantly surrounded by human language, always listening and processing. Eventually they put sounds together to produce a "daddy," or a ...
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How the microbiome may boost the brain’s recovery from stroke damage

Diana Kwon | 
Despite a decades-long search, scientists have yet to pinpoint effective ways of protecting the brain from poststroke damage. In recent ...
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‘Peculiar brain waves’ during sleep may be key to forming memories, study suggests

R. Douglas Fields | 
Neuroscientists have always presumed that learning and memory depend on strengthening or weakening the connection points between neurons (synapses), increasing ...
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Viewpoint: Doctors will never be replaced by intelligent machines, which lack ’empathy, common sense’

Aziz Nazha | 
Is there a place for artificial intelligence (AI) in the field of medicine? Will doctors one day be replaced by ...
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Fear can keep you alive: Why we need ‘negative’ emotions

Jade Wu | 
Are negative emotions all bad? Should we really try to get rid of them? After all, we figure that thumbs ...
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Viewpoint: We can stop the infertility ‘guessing game’ by tapping into new tools, including noninvasive testing for endometriosis

Kenneth Ward | 
Without understanding the root cause of infertility, treating it often becomes a guessing game. For doctors to effectively aid a ...
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People with better memories may have better romantic relationships, study suggests

David Hambrick | 
Common topics of marital disagreement are money, sex and time spent together. None of this will surprise anyone who has ...
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Viewpoint: Most Americans ‘woefully underprepared’ for bioethical decisions, including when to remove a loved one from life support

Jacob Appel | 
Many Americans will face some form of significant medical decision-making during their lifetimes, either for themselves or for their loved ...
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Deep sleep may be critical to flushing out your brain’s ‘toxic waste’

Simon Makin | 
Why sleep has restorative—or damaging—effects on cognition and brain health has been an enduring mystery in biology. Researchers think cerebrospinal ...
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‘Time to finish the job’: One wild polio strain stands in the way of eradication of the disease

Richard Conniff | 
The international effort to achieve [polio eradication] passed a major milestone [recently] with the worldwide eradication of wild poliovirus type ...
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‘BrainNet’ experiment allows people to communicate by thought, ‘blurring fundamental notions about individual identity’

Robert Martone | 
In a new study, technology replaces language as a means of communicating by directly linking the activity of human brains. Electrical ...
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Programming CRISPR to fight viruses could lead to new treatments for Ebola, Zika

Tanya Lewis | 
CRISPR is usually thought of as a laboratory tool to edit DNA in order to fix genetic defects or enhance ...
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‘Puzzle of a million pieces’: New study traces humanity’s birthplace to northern Botswana

Richard Conniff | 
[A] study, appearing [October 28] in the journal Nature, uses genetic, archaeological, linguistic and climatic evidence to argue that the ancestral homeland ...
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Could a pill make you need less sleep? This genetics research suggests it could happen

Karen Weintraub | 
We all wish we could get by on less sleep, but one father and son actually can—without suffering any health ...
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Why defining ‘death’ is so much harder than it seems

Ryan Montoya | 
Pronouncing a patient dead in a hospital seems relatively simple: palpate for lack of pulse, determine that the patient's neurological ...
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Why is it so hard to think straight when you’re tired? Here’s what’s going on in your brain

Emily Willingham | 
Most of us could use more sleep. We feel it in our urge for an extra cup of coffee and ...
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‘Connection is what makes life worth living’: Study suggests extroverts are happier

Daisy Yuhas | 
“There are benefits of introversion,” says University of California, Riverside, psychologist Sonja Lyubomirsky. “But research shows that extroverts are happier.” A ...
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Can death be reversed? Scientists partially revive brains of dead pigs

Christof Koch | 
Despite technological advances, biology and medicine still lack a coherent and principled understanding of what precisely defines birth and death—the ...